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Rachael Ostovich pulled from Paige VanZant fight following alleged domestic violence incident

Following reports that Rachael Ostovich had been hospitalized for a broken orbital after an alleged attack by her husband, Arnold Berdon, the UFC flyweight’s fight with Paige VanZant has apparently been cancelled.

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On Monday, November 19th, TMZ reported that UFC flyweight fighter Rachael Ostovich had been hospitalized. Apparently the victim of an alleged domestic violence attack. Now, MMA Junkie reports that, alongside a “felony domestic violence investigation” underway with the Honolulu police, Ostovich has filed a temporary restraining order against her husband - and fellow MMA fighter - Arnold Berdon.

Initial information suggested that Ostovich may have suffered a broken orbital in the suspected assault. Several hours ago, Ostovich’s management team, Suckerpunch Entertainment, confirmed the injury and announced that the Jesus is Lord Gym trained fighter is out of her scheduled fight with Paige VanZant at UFC on ESPN+ 1 this coming January.

“A very unfortunate incident occurred Sunday night with Rachael Ostovich that ended with her suffering a fractured orbital and other injuries,” the fighter management company posted on Facebook. “As a result of these injuries she will not be able to compete in her upcoming bout with Paige VanZant on January 19th. Rachael is now home from the hospital with her family and will be going back for further check ups on her orbital. The family would like to ask for some privacy as they sort through this matter. We would like to thank the UFC for all their support on this matter as well as the fans and media for your concern.”

There is no word at this time as to whether the UFC plans to book a new opponent for VanZant or to reschedule her fight with Ostovich for a later event. UFC on ESPN+ 1 is set to take place in Brooklyn New York on January 19th and currently includes a light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira & Ion Cutelaba, as well as a welterweight fight between Belal Muhammad & Geoff Neal.